7th April 2020
Notes on the Swedish approach to the COVID19/coronavirus pandemic
ADDENDUM 10 JULY 2020
Not quite. Sweden does not allow imposition of a state of emergency during peacetime (e.g. for public health matters) + other legal provisions.
All other Western governments can take on totalitarian and draconian powers under such "emergencies". The courts can't stop them.
— Sanjeev Sabhlok, Pope @Church of Reason & Liberty (@sabhlok) July 9, 2020
This is a placeholder post. I’m particularly keen to find out about the Swedish models and CBA.
Their approach in a nutshell:
SWEDEN IS NOW CLOSE TO HERD IMMUNITY. ALREADY A PLATEAU, AND A WALL OF IMMUNE PEOPLE SLOWING DOWN SPREAD.
"Stockholm is reaching a point where one person infects on average only one other person." https://t.co/6tm7XKt6JO
— Sanjeev Sabhlok (@sabhlok) April 8, 2020
Sweden Thinks Herd Immunity Is the Answer to Coronavirus – 10 April 2020
Why Sweden Isn’t Locking Down – 9 April 2020
Sweden goes it alone: The EU’s coronavirus exception – 9 April 2020
Is Sweden’s lax approach to the coronavirus backfiring? – 9 April 2020
COVID: SWEDEN REACTS TO TRUMP’S COMMENTS – 8 April 2020
“The strategy in Sweden is to focus on social distancing among the known risk groups, like the elderly. We try to use evidence-based measurements,” Emma Frans, doctor in epidemiology at the famed Karolinska Institute, told Euronews. “We try to adjust everyday life. The Swedish plan is to implement measurements that you can practice for a long time,” she said.
“It’s difficult to keep the world locked down, until we have a vaccine launched in 18 months,” top Danish economist Lars Christensen told Euronews
“every epidemiologist … ignores the most basic rule in epidemiology called Farr’s Law (dating to 1840 and before any public health organizations), that says epidemics peak and decline on their own.”
“The government’s response has been focused on trying to limit the spread to elderly people,”
COVID-19: Sweden’s less stringent measures to change – 6 April 2020
Has Sweden Found the Right Solution to the Coronavirus? – 6 April 2020
“Sweden is developing herd immunity by refusing to panic. By not requiring social isolation, Sweden’s young people spread the virus, mostly asymptomatically, as is supposed to happen in a normal flu season. They will generate protective antibodies that make it harder and harder for the Wuhan virus to reach and infect the frail and elderly who have serious underlying conditions. For perspective, the current COVID-19 death rate in Sweden (40 deaths per million of population) is substantially lower than the Swedish death rate in a normal flu season (in 2018, for instance, about 80 per million of population).”